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Off-Campus Dining


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Off-Campus Dining: Harvard Square is the place to go for food

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of food restaurants outside of campus that are within walking distance.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I like the sushi places and japanese inspired restaurants. They are or were run by real japanese.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Foodler delivers to the dorms for very reasonable prices. There's restaurants of all varieties, especially ones with ethnic, vegetarian, and vegan options.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: SO many options. Expensive, but you can get anything.

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One benefit of going to school in such a diverse city is the wide variety of off-campus dining options. There is a countless number of restaurants in the area within walking distance, all of which offer great food—you can find everything from inexpensive pizza places to fine dining within a few blocks of Lesley. In addition to the usual fare, the area also offers unique dining options such as Ethiopian, Vietnamese, French, Greek, and vegetarian cuisine. Many of the local restaurants are also members of food delivery websites, such as "Dining In" and "Foodler," which allow you to place your order online and then have it delivered to campus.

Some of the local favorites are Gourmet Express, a 24-hour eatery and mini-mart that offers a wide variety of inexpensive sandwiches and burgers, and Cambridge Common, an American restaurant and bar located within a stone’s throw of main campus. Both are reasonably priced and popular with both Lesley students and students from other colleges in the area. Besides great food, the Cambridge area also offers a variety of cafès and specialty drink shops that serve up a wide assortment of tasty and unique beverages. While Harvard Square offers both Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks, there are also many local coffee shops, such as Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Simon’s Coffee Shop, that are known for their high-quality beans and unique flavors. For tea drinkers, heaven comes in the form of Tealuxe, an awesome tea shop offering bubble tea, a local favorite, as well as an endless selection of herbal and fruit-based brews, freshly made and served hot or iced.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Gourmet Express
Best Asian
Chang Sho Restaurant
Best Breakfast
  • The Friendly Toast
  • IHOP
Best Coffee
  • Simon's Coffee Shop
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • BerryLine
  • Burdick Chocolate
  • JP Licks
Best Healthy
Veggie Planet
Best Late-Night
  • Gourmet Express
  • IHOP
  • Otto Pizza
Best Mexican
  • Boca Grande
  • Felipe's Taqueria
Best Pizza
  • Otto Pizza
  • Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs
  • The Upper Crust Pizzeria
Best Wings
Domino's Pizza
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Cambridge Common
  • FiRE + iCE
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Bertucci's Italian Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Christopher's
  • Crazy Dough's Pizza Co.
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Eastern Standard
  • Harvard House of Pizza
  • Hi-Rise Bread Co.
  • Oggi Gourmet Foods
  • Panera Bread
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea
  • Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits
  • Subway
  • Sweet Cupcakes
  • Tealuxe
  • Wok N' Roll

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Shaw's Supermarket
49 White St.
(617) 492-5566
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Addis Red Sea Restaurant
Food: Ethiopian
1755 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 441-8727
Price: $10-$20
Au Bon Pain
Food: American
124 Mount Auburn St.
(617) 492-0734
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Patio
Ben & Jerry's
Food: Ice cream
36 John F. Kennedy St.
(617) 864-2828
Price: $3-$8
Food: Frozen yogurt
3 Arrow St.
(617) 868-3500
Price: $3-$8
Bertucci's Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
21 Brattle St.
(617) 864-4748
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Patio
Boca Grande
Food: Mexican
1728 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 354-7400
Price: $5-$10
Burdick Chocolate
Food: Sweets
52 Brattle St.
(617) 491-4340
Price: $5-$10
Cambridge Common
Food: American
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 547-1228
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Popular bar
Chang Sho Restaurant
Food: Asian
1712 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 547-6565
Price: $10-$15
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1033 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 577-0066
Price: $10-$20
Felipe's Taqueria
Food: Mexican
83 Mount Auburn St.
(617) 354-9944
Price: $5-$10
FiRE + iCE
Food: American, new age
50 Church St.
(617) 547-9007
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Create your own meal
Flat Patties
Food: American, burgers
33 Brattle St.
(617) 871-6871
Price: $5-$10
The Friendly Toast
Food: American
1 Hampshire St.
(617) 621-1200
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours on the weekends
Gourmet Express
Food: American, Italian
1868 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 547-7255
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open 24 hours, also a mini-mart-a Lesley favorite
Food: American, breakfast
16 Eliot St.
(617) 354-0999
Price: $8-$15
JP Licks
Food: Dessert
1310 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 492-1001
Price: $3-$8
Otto Pizza
Food: Pizza
1432 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 499-3352
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Lots of unique toppings, like tortellini and mashed potatoes
Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs
Food: Pizza
74 Winthrop St.
(617) 876-4897
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: A popular student hangout
Simon's Coffee Shop
Food: Coffee
1736 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 497-7766
Price: $5-$10
Food: Coffee, tea
31 Church St.
(617) 492-7870
Price: $3-$8
Stone Hearth Pizza Co.
Food: Pizza, Italian
1782 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 492-1111
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Offers gluten-free pizza
Tavern in the Square
Food: American
730 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 868-8800
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Has an open patio, sports bar
Uno Chicago Grill
Food: American, pizza
22 John F. Kennedy St.
(617) 497-1530
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Takes CashLynx
The Upper Crust Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
49 Brattle St.
(617) 497-4111
Price: $10-$20
Veggie Planet
Food: Vegetarian
47 Palmer St.
(617) 661-1513
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Completely vegetarian menu
Food: Japanese
57 John F. Kennedy St.
(617) 499-0930
Price: $5-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 49 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 49 responses

  • 78% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 18% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 4% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.


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